Well we're standing adjacent to the Tasmanian World Heritage area. What we have here is the tall, ancient trees such as these and old growth rainforests surrounding us. This forest looks to be logged any day now.
I'm Jenny Webber. I'm from the Huon Valley Environment Centre. I'm a forest campaigner who works for southern environment centre in Tasmania and we campaign for the southern forests.
So Huon Valley Environment Centre and a number of community activists have established a protest camp. We are very concerned about the logging of this forest and on top of this tall tree we have a tree sit where people are living and bearing witness and saying "please, halt this logging immediately" and we want a moratorium on all ancient forest that is bordering the world heritage area and particularly this one.
This has been an area of forest that we've been quite concerned about for a number of years now. Logging activities have already proceeded just down the valley a little bit and this second section here of the coupe is going to be logged any day and not only will we see all these amazing old growth trees felled and destroyed and wood chipped and then the remnants burnt but the logging here will open up the boundary of the World Heritage area to other threats.
The logging here will open up the boundary of the world heritage area to other threats.
Loss of wilderness, potential escape of wildfires, spread of diseases and that sort of thing.
So those are the reasons that we're here today and we've got a camp set up here and we have a tree sit in the forest basically to let the world know what's going on and try and slow things down at least for as long as we can. Growing up in Tasmania all your life I personally find that I don't think I could sit by and ignore and watch while this is happening so I feel personally compelled as a citizen and as a concerned member of the community to do all I can obviously peacefully, non - violently to both try and slow down the destruction here and let the word know what's happening.
One of the reasons why we work to protect these places is because there's so much being lost and the people that are suffering the most or people who will lose the most will be the next generations.